CII to make green code for buildings

Suresh P. Iyengar | Updated on March 23, 2011

The CII has joined hands with Godrej and Boyce, Mahindra and Mahindra and Tata Consultancy Services to put together a framework to make existing building eco-friendly.

Mr Naushad Forbes, Chairman, CII (Western Region), Sustainability and Climate Change Committee, and Director, Forbes Marshall, said the details of the code will be uploaded on the CII Web site by end of this month. It will detail aspects to be followed when undertaking major repair works.

“A slight adjustment in the placement and size of a window can save a lot of energy and result in huge saving on the power bill. For instance, a low-flow urinal can cut down water usage tremendously and save on cost,” he added.

CII will also put in place a system for rainwater harvesting in factories. Companies are willing to undertake the work, but they are not aware of the procedures and they need guidance, said Mr Forbes.

“Unlike residential apartments, factories are horizontal and can collect huge quantities of water. If properly guided, large factories can easily undertake rainwater harvesting and in most cases they also have surplus land,” he added.

CII also plans to hold a conclave for leading architects to discuss measures to make buildings more eco-friendly. CII plans to rope in leading architect Mr Karan Grover to chalk out a proposal for the same, said Mr Forbes.

Published on March 23, 2011

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